Slave Market in Ancient Rome, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (from here (en.wikipedia.org))

What Do Others Think Is The Main Issue Of The 2020 Election?

In Part 1, here, we considered whether freedom of religion is the crucial issue in the 2020 election. Is freedom of religion the crucial issue of the 2020 election. Depends who you ask. What do others think?

Of course, when the Chinese released the Coronavirus (COVID-19), that became a big issue. Did Donald Trump handle the the issue well? Steve Hilton says he did.

So, what is the big issue? Freedom of religion? Well, most of the country may or may not think so. All we can say for sure is that the corporate news media wants Christians to shut up. Keep in mind, however, that the battle over LGBTQ rights is only one aspect of the debate over freedom of religion. What that battle demonstrates however, is the willingness of the new Pagans to force their beliefs upon the rest of us, including our children.

When we elect people who defend freedom of religion, including the free exercise religion, why is that critical?

  • Parents can raise their children in their own beliefs. Most new Christians come from Christian parents.
  • We can honestly debate our differences. How is that so? What we believe to be true, including scientific truths, rests upon certain fundamental assumptions. Many of those fundamental assumptions rest upon what we believe about God. When religion is excluded from the public square, we cannot test our assumptions

Consider the differing worldviews between Christians and Pagans.

  • Christians believe in a God who loves us, that He made us in His image, that we belong to Him and that He was kind enough to give us in an orderly world to live in. Christian love because He loved us first. Because we are fallen and sinful, Christians expect to suffer, but not without purpose.
  • Pagans worship the stuff they want, the pleasure of sex, knowledge they call “science”, the almighty state, and their self. Because their capricious gods often require endless sacrifices, Pagans can be quite ruthless.

Does that description of Pagans sound extreme? It isn’t. Look at the values of the ancient Romans. Look around the world. Consider that most countries have harsh, authoritarian governments.

Consider the parable of The Good Samaritan. Consider who God requires requires Christians to love, our neighbors. Consider who Jesus called our neighbors.

Luke 10:30-37

New American Standard Bible

The Good Samaritan

30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and [a]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two [b]denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do [c]the same.”

The Jews hated the Samaritans. They found the idea that God expected them to love Samaritans repugnant. Therefore, based upon what the Old Testament says, they understood Jesus expected them to love everyone. That definition of neighbor — that requirement to love one’s neighbors — is unique to the Judeo-Christian tradition. That is why Christian nations were the first to end slavery.

What’s next in this series? 

  • How Do We Revive Our Culture?
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  1. Rudy U Martinka says:

    Sadly, in my opinion, far too many Americans rely on the “mercy” of legislators they vote for to serve them.
    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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